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Returned Letter Labels

Inscription 'Administracion local de Correos CERRADO SELLADO por la oficina'

1885

1892

  brown
  red

Other similar labels were issued from 1895 to 1905.


(Example of 1905 'SERVICIO POSTAL MEXICANO CERRADO OFICIALMENTE DEPARTEMENTO DE REZAGOS')


Seaport stamps

These stamps were used to indicate the amount to be paid to English and French mailboats on letters carried by them.

1875 Inscription 'CORREOS PORTE DE MAR', black on yellow


(Forgeries, reduced sizes)

The following values exist: 10 c ,25 c, 35 c, 50 c, 60 c, 75 c, 85 c and 100 c. In a single sheet of 49 stamps, all values were printed.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values***- 

 

1875 Seaport stamps, inscription 'CORREOS PORTE DE MAR', ornaments in the corners

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom Genuine?
(Type 1, I believe the above stamps are genuine)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom
(Type 2; larger 'CENTAVOS')

  2 c black
  5 c black
  10 c black
  12 c black
  20 c black
  25 c black
  35 c black
  50 c black
  60 c black
  75 c black
  85 c black
  100 c black

Two types exist of these stamps; with small and larger 'CENTAVOS'. Genuine stamps of the small 'CENTAVOS' type (except the 10 c) have so-called movable parts; a rectangular region in the center can be distinghuished where the value has been inserted. This results in the non-matching of the background lines (see the above example of the 35 c). In the genuine stamps the letter 'TAV' of 'CENTAVOS' are written on the same background line. Furthermore the central tongue of 'E' of the word 'CORREOS' is placed in the center (not too high and not too low). N.B the values 30 c and 70 c do not exist and are forgeries! (Source Album Weeds).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c**** 
5 c******'CENTAVOS' large
10 c**** 
12 c*R 
20 c*R 
25 c***R'CENTAVOS' small or large
35 c***RR'CENTAVOS' small or large
50 c*R'CENTAVOS' small or large
60 c***RR'CENTAVOS' small or large
75 c***RR 
85 c***RR 
100 c*RR'CENTAVOS' small or large

Similar stamps in red are essays.

Forgeries of these stamps exist, examples (by the way, I'm not sure if the above stamps are genuine):

In the above forgeries the word 'CENTAVOS' is written too high up. There are no marks of the moveable plugs.

The following forgeries are Fournier forgeries:

There are no moveable parts in these forgeries. The 'E' of 'CORREOS' has the central tongue too high.

Examples of the cancels Fournier used on his forgeries (taken from 'The Fournier Album of Philatelic Forgeries'):

 

1879 Seaport stamps, smaller size, inscription 'CORREOS DE MEXICO PORTE DE MAR'

  2 c brown
  5 c yellow
  10 c red
  25 c blue
  50 c green
  100 c lilac

Mexico entered the UPU before these stamps were set into use. Used stamps therefore do not exist.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values*- 


(Fournier forgery)

Fournier offered forgeries of these stamps. The 'R' of 'MAR' resembles a 'P' with a dot behind it in the genuine stamps but in the forgeries it is an ordinary 'R'. There should be a dot in the bottom left corner, between the frame line and the half circular ornament, as in all other corners, however this dot is missing in these forgeries. A picture of such a forgery can also be found in 'Focus on Forgeries' by Varro E. Tyler.

Genuinly used stamps are very rare (maybe even non-existant); I have seen forged cancels: a large rectangle consisting of squares, a circle consisting of lozenges and a french alike numeral cancel '5129'.


(Forged cancel '5129', stamps are also forged)

For other forgeries with the same cancel click here.


Air Mail

1922 Eagle

  50 c blue and red

Express letter stamp

1919 Postman on motorbike, inscription 'ENTREGA INMEDIATA'

  20 c red and black

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
20 c*c 

Bogus issues

1892 Inscription 'FALTA DE PORTO', various desings, some with and some without value, example:


(Reduced sizes)

There is one more stamps with 'FALTA DE PORTE', 20 c, in red on green colour that is not shown in the collection above. These stamps were used in Celaya, Irapuato, Monterey and Vera-Cruz. Their status is very strange: a person send these labels to the above mentioned post offices, with the request to use them on unpaid letters. They were never officially issued and do not appear in modern catalogues. A scandal followed after the plot was uncovered.


Fiscal stamps

Examples, inscription 'DOCUMENTOS':

Inscription 'CONTRIBUCION FEDERAL 1894-1895'

In the above design were issued: 1 c brown on yellow, 5 c green, 25 c blue, 1 P red and 5 P red on red. They were issued with a tab below (in the above image this tab has been removed).


(Inscription 'CONTRIBUCION FEDERAL MEXICO 1897 1898', 5 P red)

A tab was added to this design at the bottom (removed from the above stamp). Other values that exist are: 1 c orange, 5 c brown, 25 c olive and 1 P blue.


(Fiscal stamp of 1908, image obtained from Mario Casella)

The above fiscal stamp was issued in 1908, the following values exist: 1 c green, 2 c brown, 5 c red, 10 c blue, 25 c red, 50 c green, 1 P red, 5 P violet, 10 P red, 50 P brown and violet and 100 P brown and blue. The bottom part was often torn of from the stamps.

INSTRUCCION PUBLICA PRIMARIA

The above design was issued in 1890, the following values exist: 12 c black, 15 c red, 20 c blue, 30 c green, 40 c grey, 50 c violet, 60 c orange, 70 c brown, 80 c red, 90 c brown, 1 P red, 120 c green, 150 c lilac, 170 c violet and 2 P blue.
Other designs with similar inscriptions were issued in 1889, 1891 (elliptic design), 1892, 1893, 1894 (elliptic design), 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1902.

1878 Coahuila, primitively printed labels with portrait in the center

The following values exist: in black: 1 c, 2 c, 3 c, 5 c, 10 c, 25 c and 50 c.
In red: 1 P, 5 P and 10 P.

Sonora local issue:

Distrito de Cuernavaca

I have seen many of these stamps, with different year indication or overprints. Similar stamps seem to exist for Morelos, Tetecala and Jonacatepec. Also stamps with no district inscription exist. They were all issued around 1877- 1883.


Postage Due stamps

1908 Inscription 'TIMBRE COMPLEMENTARIO':

  1 c blue
  2 c blue 
  4 c blue
  5 c blue
  10 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 ccc 
2 ccc 
4 ccc 
5 c** 
10 c** 

These stamps can be found with all the surcharges that also exist on the regular postage stamps of Mexico (value * to ***). Examples:


'ES' ('Estado de Sonora') overprint


('GOBIERNO $ CONSTITUCIONALISTA' overprint, reduced size)

In 1917 these stamps were used as postage stamps by the constitutional government; they were overprinted 'GFMT and value. Also overprints 'G.P.DE M' and value in a fancy pattern were issued in 1917. Example:


('G.P.DE M.' and value overprint, reduced size)


Postal Stationery

Examples:


(Reduced size, with perforation???)

 

Postcards


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